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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 27 - Spring 1976

Welcome to the VAMES in the Up Yard

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Alan Goodchild - Easter Monday, 1975

This article by Alan Vessey is written on behalf of the friends who are to share the activities in the Up Yard, they measured up the site on 11th January and ...

'Members of the Vale of Aylesbury Model Engineers Society congratulate the Quainton Railway Society on their recent purchase of the Up Yard at Quainton Road and they are pleased to announce agreement with the new owners whereby a 1,000 ft long 7¼ in gauge track circuit is to be laid by VAMES; in fact, work has already started on the project! The site for this railway is at the Aylesbury end of the yard where the ground is slightly higher than the main yard. There is good tree protection on all sides which will make it sheltered for members and visitors. The track will be laid as a multi-gauge layout, to suit 3½ in, 5 in and 7¼ in locomotives but passenger carrying stock will use the 7¼ in rails.

The circuit will be formed at ground level thereby permitting the use of switches but the line will be through woodland, cuttings, a 'tunnel' and over low embankments. Some signalling will be in use for operation when the public are present.

The VAMES is a rapidly expanding group of recent formation. They started in 1972 with Mr Ewart Smith as Chairman and a committee of seven. The present Chairman is Cecil Darton and the Secretary is Brian North. Both are keen model makers and, like many VAME members, they are constructing their own locomotives. Other members, equally ambitious, are concentrating their skills on traction engines, machine tools, boats and internal combustion engines.

All VAMES members look forward to welcoming other 'small gauge' owners and builders to their project at Quainton. The task of constructing and operating the permanent layout in association with the QRS is a challenging one but it will be full of interest. It is hoped that the location of the new venture will encourage the public visiting Quainton to explore further along the Up Yard where they will be able to see much fine restoration work in progress on the standard gauge 'giants'. They will also have a better view of the Quaintonian and the QRS trains running on the down side, while simultaneously relieving the Brill platform of the congestion which sometimes occurs on Bank Holidays. The portable track used in 1976 by the VAMES at Quainton on the down platform will, of course, be replaced by the new permanent layout when it is in use. The motive power so far has been 'light'; either Jim Stevens 0-6-0PT, Pansy, or my Metropolitan electric Florence, pictured at the beginning of this article. Both these engines are 5 in gauge.

The VAMES meet regularly every month in the Aylesbury College of Further Education, usually on the first Friday at 7.30 pm in Room C8. All friends of Quainton will be most welcome to visit us and to sample the varied programme.'

... their activities at Quainton started on 17th when scrub bushes and small trees were cleared and a bonfire lit to burn up the wood. A Drott excavator was planned to work on the following weekend and a JCB will be used for forming the embankments and cuttings.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1976 and so does not reflect events in the 39+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Welcome to the VAMES in the Up Yard - Quainton News No. 27 - Spring 1976

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